Turkish company expands small arms production with Azerbaijan

Thu 17 Mar 2011 04:27 GMT | 08:27 Local Time

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Turkey's Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) is stepping up cooperation with the Ministry of the Defence Industry in Azerbaijan.

MKEK's head of sales and exports, Akif Akgul, told APA that the Turkish corporation was involved in technology transfer, the export of raw materials and some spare parts to Azerbaijani facilities.

Akgul said that a cooperation agreement signed by MKEK and Azerbaijan's Defence Industry Ministry at an arms fair in Abu Dhabi in February included the production of sub-machine-guns as well as the revolver grenade launchers reported earlier.

"We will cooperate in a number of areas under the contract signed at IDEX. It covers the production of MP5 sub-machine-guns, 40-mm revolver grenade launchers and ammunition, joint research and scientific studies and the joint sale of Azerbaijani products," Akgul said.

He said that ammunition for Kalashnikov automatic rifles produced in Azerbaijan was of high-quality and that the joint sale of the ammunition was a possibility.

Akif Akgul said that the joint production of the IST-12.7 Istiglal sniper rifle, created by Azerbaijan engineers, was also subject to discussion.

"We are interested in joint production projects, one of which is the 12.7 sniper rifle. The project is at the transfer stage."

Akif Akgul said that MKEK wanted the weapon to conform to the caliber used in NATO armies and that research would be done on this. As for a 14.5-mm version of the Istiglal sniper rifle, Akgul said that this caliber was not used in NATO armies, but was very popular as an anti-materiel rifle. He said that parts of the weapon might be produced in Turkey.




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